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  •  The pics of the disaster look like a small nuke (6+ / 0-)

    Looking at the pics of the initial explosion of that fertilizer plant near Waco it almost looks like a small mushroom cloud.  The explosion is MASSIVE.  Some early report have 60+ dead and hundreds wounded.  Why a nursing home was in close proximity to a fertilizer plant I have no idea.

    •  Fox KWKT says 60-70+ dead; CNN says 2+ dead (3+ / 0-)
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      http://www.kwkt.com/... Newest reports from Dr. George Smith of West EMS say the explosion that occurred at a West, Texas fertilizer plant has left 60 to 70 people dead and hundreds more injured. The numbers are expected to rise throughout the night.
      http://www.cnn.com/... A massive explosion at a fertilizer plant in the small Texas town of West left at least two people dead... Fire officials fear that the number of casualties could rise as high as 60 to 70 dead, said Dr. George Smith, the emergency management system director of the city.
      •  If you keep reading the cnn.com story, (1+ / 0-)
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        it suggests that that the number dead is probably much larger, but they just don't have specific confirmation about numbers yet. They actually cite the "60-70" estimates by the emergency personnel, but they aren't stating those numbers as fact (prudent move, after the way CNN humiliated itself earlier today).

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        by NWTerriD on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 09:43:24 PM PDT

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    •  Why industrial facilities are allowed to exist (0+ / 0-)

      that are so dangerous that there's a reason not to locate nursing homes near them, I have no idea.

      "These are not candidates. These are the empty stand-ins for lobbyists' policies to be legislated later." - Chimpy, 9/24/10

      by NWTerriD on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 09:41:29 PM PDT

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      •  The nursing home may have been... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...there first. Or they couldn't afford a better location.

        Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

        by JeffW on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 10:05:11 PM PDT

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        •  My question is not (2+ / 0-)

          why such facilities are allowed to be built near a nursing home. My question is why such facilities are allowed to exist. If it is so dangerous that it can't be built near a nursing home, why do we allow it to be built at all?

          Why don't we make people build things in such a way that they are safe? Sure, it will cost more, but it will cost a hell of a lot less than the risk of destroying an entire freaking town.

          "These are not candidates. These are the empty stand-ins for lobbyists' policies to be legislated later." - Chimpy, 9/24/10

          by NWTerriD on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 10:37:39 PM PDT

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          •  Such facilities are built... (1+ / 0-)
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            ...to provide a product, and jobs. They are built where the need for the product is, close to sources of labor and materials. Whether they are good neighbors depends on the management and the owners, and even then, accidents happen. Most likely is that this plant was the major employer in West.

            Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

            by JeffW on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 10:29:30 AM PDT

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